[Build] Lighting revamp
jim at well.com
Mon Sep 12 19:51:12 PDT 2011
My schedule for this week is kind of jammed,
but will probably free up toward the end of the
week. I can probably plan some time during the
week following to help out (including finishing
the work in the Turing classroom).
415 823 4590 my cellphone, call anytime
On Mon, 2011-09-12 at 15:38 -0700, Ben Kochie wrote:
> Here are some of my research results so far.
> First, I got a contact for someone at Department of Enviornment that can
> help us. Because we have T12 bulbs and shit balasts/fixtures we're a
> prime candidate for PG&E rebates. From the sound of it, it's possible to
> get a large chunk of the lighting repair work paid for by PG&E.
> One major thing we would need to do here is get a review of the existing
> fixture situation "AS IS" in order to get the rebates approved.
> Please talk to me in person if you have any questions. I'll be sure to
> have a bunch of info ready for the Tuesday meeting.
> Second, LED lighting is feasable.
> Third, there are possibly rebates that would cover some of the cost for a
> commercial control system (occupancy sensors/daytime control)
> "UNIX is user-friendly, it's just picky about its friends."
> On Mon, 12 Sep 2011, Ben Kochie wrote:
> > I have a ton of spare time right now and want to get to work on fixing the
> > lighting at the space. My count last night was we have 15 functional
> > fixtures in use but need about 20-25 to properly light the space.
> > Major areas that need more light: (They basically have no targeted bulbs)
> > * FabLab
> > * Classrooms
> > * Kitchen
> > * Hack shelves
> > My todo looks like this:
> > Get estimate on power used by the existing lighting
> > * I have a TED 5000 which can be installed in the panel
> > * This will give us up-to-the-min readings of use
> > * I'll try and get a couple more so we can have one per-panel
> > Figure out the cost of upgrading all balasts to handle T8 bulbs
> > * We have 96" T12 bulbs right now
> > * T8 bulbs use about 20% less power for the same light output.
> > * Replacing the balasts may also save power
> > * Estimate of about $50 per fixture to do this upgrade.
> > Figure out the cost of upgrading all celing lighting to LED.
> > * We would possibly need a stronger cost/benefit estimate for this.
> > * Would give us some major cool factor.
> > * We could go dimmable to better control the light levels.
> > * Spots could be used for better lighting of work areas.
> > Get a bank of light switches setup so we can have more targeted light use.
> > Research controls
> > * Easy/hackable X10 switches
> > * Commercial controls add nice things like occupancy/daytime sensors
> > -ben
> > "UNIX is user-friendly, it's just picky about its friends."
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